INDIANAPOLIS – If anyone knows whether John Schneider is ready to take over as Seahawks general manager, it’s Ted Thompson.
These two have been joined at the career for much of their careers. They worked together with the Green Bay Packers in the 1990s, where together for one season with the Seahawks (2000) and then reunited with the Packers the past five seasons.
Schneider, who also has worked for the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins, rejoined the Seahawks last month.
“John will be fine,” Thompson, the Packers GM since 2005, said Friday at the NFL scouting combine. “He’s been working in the front office for a long time. He’s been in several different situations, which I think is invaluable experience.
“He’s confident with his ability and he’s really good with people. He’ll hire good people, if he needs to. He’s fine. He’s ready to go.”
Thompson also flashed a sense of humor when asked if the marriage between new coach Pete Carroll and Schneider will work.
“Well, you never know if it’s going to work,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to me later on today.”
Thompson then added, “No, like I said, he’s good to go. He and Pete have a good working relationship, and that’s key. So, go get ’em.”